What Is Single-Stream Recycling?

Earth Recycle JPEGIn the Past, you may have heard people use the words “Single Stream Recycling” and not known what that means.  In the future, you may hear these words a lot more, so we want to explore this concept with you now.

Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, defines it in this way (as the term is used in the United States) —

“Single-stream (also known as “fully commingled” or “single-sort”) recycling refers to a system in which all paper fibers, plastics, metals, and other containers are mixed in a collection truck, instead of being sorted by the depositor into separate commodities (newspaperpaperboardcorrugated fiberboardplasticglass, etc.) and handled separately throughout the collection process. In single-stream, both the collection and processing systems are designed to handle this fully commingled mixture of recyclables, with materials being separated for reuse at a materials recovery facility (MRF).[1][2]

“Single-stream recycling programs were first developed in several California communities in the 1990s. Subsequently many large and small municipalities across the United States began single-stream programs. As of 2012 there are 248 MRFs operating in the U.S.[3]

To read (1) what Wikipedia lists as Advantages and Disadvantages, (2) suggests  for further reading, and (3) to see their citation list, please access  this website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single-stream_recycling

Most communities that use curbside collection and single-stream recycling, will provide each resident with one wheeled cart for trash (only) and another cart for all recyclables.  These carts are usually colored differently for easy identification (blue for trash & green for recyclables).  Residents need not sort newspaper, paperboard, corrugated fiberboard, plastic, glass, or other recyclables into separate containers.  Instead, ALL of the resident’s recyclables should be placed together into a separate wheeled cart designated just for that purpose.SBTreeLogoSmall

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VALUABLE SMART-PHONE APP FOR RESIDENTS

A New Phone App That Informs Blacksburg Residents About Curbside Collection of Waste & Recyclables

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When and Where Hazardous Materials Can Be Safely Discarded

Last Fall, the Town of Blacksburg launched an app called My Waste for garbage, recycling, and special waste collection details for its curbside trash and recycling customers.

App icon for MyWaste

App icon for MyWaste

With My Waste, Blacksburg residents can check details for regular and special collections and events for spring and fall cleanup, household hazardous waste collection, e-waste days, and more.  My Waste is tailored specifically to the user’s neighborhood.  Once you have downloaded the app it can be set it up to give regular reminders for any of the Towns collection programs. For example, you can set a reminder for the day recycling is collected or set up alerts just for household hazardous or electronic waste collection days.

Earth Recycle JPEGResidents can download the FREE My Waste app at http://m.my-waste.mobi/VA-Blacksburg/   After opening this app, select either the Apple or Android icon on the first screen you see depending upon which type of smart phone you use.

This app can reminded you about WHEN  you need to set out your trash and recycling and which days hazardous waste can be turned into MRSWA.  It can also ANSWER many of your questions about WHAT can be recycled and what cannot.  A very valuable tool for even the experienced Blacksburg recycler.

The My Waste app was funded by a recycling education grant from the Curbside Value Partnership (CVP) Connect Education Award Program in 2013.  The grant program provides resources to select communities that have been dedicated users of CVP Connect (CVPConnect.org). CVP Connect is a free, online education training tool for recycling coordinators that was launched last year to help communities be more strategic and effective in the promotion of their residential recycling programs.

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SB’s Year of Water: Some Well-Stated Concerns From a Local Ecologist

Javad makes some excellent points.  Do you have rain barrels or a rain garden?  Would you have them if you got a stormwater credit?

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http://www.roanoke.com/nrv/community/sunday-oped-blacksburg-setting-a-bad-precedent/article_f9ddd39b-203f-524b-83e4-9447b51c02c1.html

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REGIONAL SUSTAINABILITY NEWS:

Volvo Truck Plant Now Carbon Neutral

As part of a green initiative, the Dublin plant is now powered by methane gas from 13 landfills in the region.

The Volvo truck assembly plant in Dublin has announced it is now carbon neutral with its electricity coming from landfill-produced methane.

The Volvo truck assembly plant in Dublin has announced it is now carbon neutral with its electricity coming from landfill-produced methane.

The following is from the Roanoke Times NEW RIVER VALLEY section, Thursday, 04 December 2014, and begins like this —

” Volvo’s New River  Valley assembly plant in Dublin is now completely powered by methane gas, making it carbon neutral, the company announced Wednesday.”

To read the entire article, access this URL  shown below —http://www.roanoke.com/business/news/pulaski_county/volvo-s-electricity-produced-completely-by-landfills/article_1c9ff43c-c514-5a2e-81a1-3308f2930b08.html

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